In a world that tells us what to wear, what to eat, what bra size we should be, what pay grade we should be at, what to drive, what to do for a living, who is worth our time, how we should parent… well, we decided to go back to the basics. Kind of, start from scratch. We were sick of society telling us what we can and cannot do. This is our journey to live simple and yours will look much different.
I am not a professional. Let me repeat that, I AM NOT A PROFESSIONAL. I do not have a degree in cooking, agriculture, organizing, or by any means, psychology. However, I feel like I know myself REALLY well. I know my family and what works for us. With that said, my background in self sufficiency is watching re-runs of Mountain Men. I have basic (my husband may disagree with this) cooking skills and gardening skills. I spend way too much money on crap. Yes, just plain crap. But I’ve heard, acceptance is the first step.
What I do know now is that I enjoy cooking. Crazy concept, I know. I do enjoy gardening. I do enjoy a minimalistic approach. I do enjoy reading versus screen time. I do enjoy playing in the dirt… with Brooks, of course. I do enjoy a well-kept house and sense of peace. These are all things I enjoy, and I would think most people do, too. So how do we keep getting caught up with too much crap and not enough time? I dare say, I’m about to find out on this journey.
It will take time. It will take energy. It will not always be easy. But like they say, sometimes the best things in life aren’t achieved taking the easy path. Sometimes you have to take the path less traveled to find yourself. In fact, I find this to be true most of the time, because we are ALL so unique. Just the way God had planned it. So where do we start?
We bought a piece of land. I know, again, crazy. That was my first thought, too. But the more time we spent thinking about it and the more we worked out our budget, the more it made complete sense to us. Like, why didn’t we think of this a loooong time ago? So we found this beautiful 9 acre parcel, overlooking the Grand River Valley. You can see for miles. There will be clearing of trees and brush, there will be grading involved, there will be septic and well and a 1,000 foot driveway. We will strive for an energy efficient home. We will put in a garden. We will hunt and fish for food (okay, mainly my husband.) We will get rid of anything that doesn’t bring happiness to our lives. We will prepare our land for future generations… because when we are called home, we want to leave this Earth better for our son.
When we made that hike back to the “cliff” on our new property, we both knew. We had found a bit of peace.